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Bazaars & Bongs:Calcutta Contrast Tour

Kolkata, India

Experience hosted by Soham

4 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The Calcutta Contrast Tour aims in showing you the contrasting cultures Calcutta thrives in. It starts off by visiting India's largest open fruit market and a leisurely break at a secret rooftop to catch the sunset with a never seen before view. The whole sale markets (burrabazar ) are a place where a non Bengali culture has been in place for decades. a city within the heart of the city which is not native. The area is experienced through local food, people and shops. To bring out the contrast a very Bengali area is visited next, college Street. A coffee break at the famous coffee house, initiation to becoming a Bengali and visiting a hidden monastery follows next.
Other things to note
A lot of Food Tasting and an additional Beer is included. All optional
The Calcutta Contrast Tour aims in showing you the contrasting cultures Calcutta thrives in. It starts off by visiting India's largest open fruit market and a leisurely break at a secret rooftop to catch the sunset with a never seen before view. The whole sale markets (burrabazar ) are a place where a non Bengali culture has been in place for decades. a city within the heart of the city which is not native. The area is experienced through local f…

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What's included

  • Food
    Street food
  • Drinks
    Packaged Drinking Water and Chai
From $57
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Soham

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 9 Reviews
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I'm an engineer who quit his corporate job out of love for photography and to
return to his hometown Calcutta. Meeting new people and helping them fall in
love with Calcutta has been my passion for the last two years.

I am the founder of Calcutta Capsule walking tours (no#1 on trip Adv). I also
co-host three Airbnb homes (Owl's Nest Calcutta) with my parents in one of the
oldest parts of Calcutta.

Raised in the historical alleyways of Calcutta, I’ll tell you stories about
our city that have been passed down five generations of my family. You’ll
step out of the guidebook and experience Calcutta like a local.

For an unforgettable Calcutta experience join me on my Magic Hour, Calcutta
Contrast or Alleyway Food walks. Or you can book our kite flying workshop or
the secret rooftop Bengali homemade meal.
I'm an engineer who quit his corporate job out of love for photography and to
return to his hometown Calcutta. Meeting new people and helping them fall in
love with Calcutta has been my passion for the last two years.

I am the founder of Calcutta Capsule walking tours (no#1 on trip Adv). I also
co-host three Airbnb homes (Owl's Nest Calcutta) with my parents in one of the
oldest parts of Calcutta.

Raised in the historical alleyways of Calcutta, I’ll tel…
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Where you'll be

Largest Wholesale Fruit Market of India
Hidden Rooftop for Sunset
Wholesale Markets of Kolkata
College Street
Coffee House
Hidden Monastery
Kristen
January 2020
Aah Soham! This was out second tour with Soham, filled with the same warmth, knowledge and passion as the Magic Hour Tour. Forever generous with time and snacks, Soham took us through the two sides of Calcutta life and took us to small gems and hidden corners we would never be able to find ourselves. And then to outdo himself, he organised a cake to our final stop for our first wedding anniversary. A total gem. Do all the tours, dont hold back!
Aah Soham! This was out second tour with Soham, filled with the same warmth, knowledge and passion as the Magic Hour Tour. Forever generous with time and snacks, Soham took us thro…
Paul
December 2019
If Soham put even half of the efforts - it would still have been a good tour I could recommend to others. But the guide surely has overdone making the tour just 'good' - it was fantastic! In no other way I could see so much of Kolkatta in just one evening. There was a lot of streetfood included in the price - totally safe and tasty and many places which hardly can be found in Google - that's why you need an experienced local. Soham often asked us along the way if we're enjoying our time - and we surely did. Recommend.
If Soham put even half of the efforts - it would still have been a good tour I could recommend to others. But the guide surely has overdone making the tour just 'good' - it was fan…
Jenn
October 2019
With Soham as your guide, you can step into different worlds and follow the various threads that weave together the colorful, unique living fabric that is Calcutta. This tour allows you to intermingle with businessmen and laborers, to taste famous Bengali sweets and savories, and to experience how the daily cycle of life here revolves. While there are specific points to visit, your gracious guide remains flexible and patient as you pause to snap pictures, ask questions, or even pick up a few treats from myriad purveyors you'll pass by. The route also gives guests time to rest between stops as needed, and is paced by the dynamics of the group. What I love most about this tour is Soham's knowledge and attention to detail about the city and the people he loves. He can really shed light on the confluence of Bengali and non-native residents and their coexisting contributions that make this stunning, historic, underestimated city tick.
With Soham as your guide, you can step into different worlds and follow the various threads that weave together the colorful, unique living fabric that is Calcutta. This tour allo…
Maria
July 2019
It's the second tour we do with him. As I said Before he is charming. His English is perfect and he explains every question you ask him. This tour is by the markets, the fruit markt has some wonderful photos if you like photography, this is your your, the places that take us to taste typical foods and drinks are local, clean and exquisite in flavor. I have no words to describe being several hours with a local guide who loves his city, without hurry. It cant be better.. him and his tour. Don’t hesitate. You can’t leave Calcutta without knowing these corners that you alone will not discover by yourself.
It's the second tour we do with him. As I said Before he is charming. His English is perfect and he explains every question you ask him. This tour is by the markets, the fruit m…
Leslie
May 2019
Soham does an amazing job, he calls this tour "Bazaars and Bongs," but it was just as magical as his "Magic Hour" tour (I did both). He has some unique places he takes you too, where you are the only non-Kolkatan. Visually, I could have stopped in any of the places he took me and stayed for hours watching all of the action. I felt like I was truly on an adventure. From tasting street food, to visit markets, it was everything (and more) that I wanted to do and see.
Soham does an amazing job, he calls this tour "Bazaars and Bongs," but it was just as magical as his "Magic Hour" tour (I did both). He has some unique places he takes you too, whe…
Aamod
April 2019
Luckily, the tour started at 4pm, which is much better for the hot season. Soham has great passion for his city, fantastic communication skills and is very friendly. You can really get a sense of the different faces of Kolkata and visit amazing locations that aren't listed in the guidebook. Soham also provided fascinating insights into the social and economic dynamics of the city. Highly recommended!
Luckily, the tour started at 4pm, which is much better for the hot season. Soham has great passion for his city, fantastic communication skills and is very friendly. You can real…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.